Read-Aloud Chapter Books

A Listmania! list by Amanda (USA)
The list author says: "This is a list of some of the books I have read aloud to my family. This does not encompass all of my favorites; some books are more suited to reading yourself. The books on the list are very character driven with lots of humor and dialogue.

Also, I think most children's literature can be read out loud to small children (4-8). They might not get it all & they may need you to read sections instead of whole chapters, but they are listening & enjoying being paid attention to."
Howl's Moving Castle
1.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "I donít get why I've seen negative reviews for this. The readers must have read it with an anti kid lit attitude.

FYI, the movie is awful. People always gush about Miyazaki's film in the reviews - gag. Miyazaki took an enchanting slice-of-life-y fantasy and turned it into a political commentary. Maybe the Japanese book translation wasn't so hot & didnít get the real plotÖ"
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House of Many Ways (World of Howl)
2.  House of Many Ways (World of Howl) by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "Sequel to Howl's Moving Castle.  Well, technically it's the third book after Castle in the Air.  I tend to ignore that book's existence, though... 

Howl and Sophie are present, but not the main characters (they play a major part, though.)  However, the main character, Charmain, is more than up for the task of leading lady.  It may be even more fun than Howl's Moving Castle."
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The Chrestomanci Series (Chrestomanci)
3.  The Chrestomanci Series (Chrestomanci) by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "I really can't tell you which is my favorite - they all have their own special appeal.  At the moment I'm leaning towards The Magicians of Caprona or Conrad's Fate.  Sort of odd, considering Christopher (my favorite character) is not the main character in either...

Of course, tomorrow I might consider The Pinhoe Egg my favorite :)"
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Enchanted Glass
4.  Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "This is the one book on the list I haven't read aloud. I've read it to myself.  It is next on my list, though.  Reading Stoneheart aloud has been like pulling teeth so it is taking longer than usual to get to a new book.

Stoneheart is not a good read-aloud!  Enchanted Glass will be."
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The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Silver on the Tree; The Grey King; Greenwitch; The Dark Is Rising; and Over Sea, Under Stone
5.  The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Silver on the Tree; The Grey King; Greenwitch; The Dark Is Rising; and Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
The list author says:
  "This set includes all of the books in the series.

The Dark is Rising sequence pulls off having tons of description while still being an excellent read-aloud.  It's a little wordy and the plot is intricate but Susan Cooper makes it work.  I love a good Arthurian fantasy."
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
6.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "I'm not sure if this set has the last book (The Last Olympian) in it. I don't do hardcover unless I'm at gunpoint.

The series is a Greek-mythology-in-the-modern-world fantasy. Riordan's way of working in real Greek myths in a funny, modern way is hilarious to people who know the myths & educational to those who don't.

Oh, and don't watch the movie unless you're a masochist.  Itís that bad."
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The Sam Krupnik Series: All About Sam; Attaboy, Sam!; See You Around, Sam!; Zooman Sam
7.  The Sam Krupnik Series: All About Sam; Attaboy, Sam!; See You Around, Sam!; Zooman Sam by Lois Lowry
The list author says:
  "This is the first set of books I read aloud to my family.  They aren't long and are very engaging.  I'd say this series is the best to read to children with shorter attention spans.  Very helpful when you're trying to get them used to and excited about chapter books."
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Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
8.  Redwall (Redwall, Book 1) by Brian Jacques
The list author says:
  "I'm only going to put the first book on this list.  It isn't the only good one (Mattimeo, Salamandastron, and Mossflower are also good) but the books that follow become increasingly formulaic.

This one, however, is an awesome read-aloud.  My brother and sister would call out the war-cries 'Redwall!', 'Logalogalog', etc. when they wanted to be read to :)"
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I Am David
9.  I Am David by Anne Holm
The list author says:
  "Awesome, awesome book.  Educational, exciting, and emotional in a beautiful and poignantly written 239 page package.

Read it, read it, read it."
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Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)
10.  Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books) by Noel Streatfeild
The list author says:
  "This was the first longish book I read aloud. I'm not sure how it would go over with boys as itís about three little girls, dancing, theatre, etc. My little brother was only five when I read it aloud so I can't really say how older male kids would take it. My sister was nine at the time & adored it. 

The way the book is written is very soothing somehow. A very good chapter-before-bedtime story."
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The Hounds of the Morrigan
11.  The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea
The list author says:
  "I feel like this book is overlooked.  It has never been recommended to me by any librarian or bookseller.  I didn't run across it until I randomly picked up the one library copy when I was twenty one-ish.  A bit long but the enchantment makes up for it.  Irish mythology based."
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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons
12.  The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The list author says:
  "A witty, four book series about an anti-princess and her adventures among her boss's kind - dragons.

My siblings still quote the baby dragon: "Is it edible?" and we all think Morwen's cat naming sense is perfect."
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Anne of Green Gables (Modern Library Classics)
13.  Anne of Green Gables (Modern Library Classics) by L.M. Montgomery
The list author says:
  "I've only read the first out loud - the others are a bit too romance-y, lol.  Once you get past the wordy first chapter it turns into a very good slice-of-life read aloud."
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The Thief Lord
14.  The Thief Lord by Oliver Latsch
The list author says:
  "This book actually has quite a bit of plot to it but somehow doesn't feel like it is complex.  It is very reader friendly.  Don't watch the movie though - it's one of those adaptations you want to burn your eyes out after watching.  It took a while for us to get the movie-version characters out of our minds.  If you're a Percy Jackson fan - The Thief Lord movie is just as bad as the PJatO movie."
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original book? 1 Jun 21, 2014
Welcome to the Howl's Moving Castle forum 6 May 24, 2013
Which is it 0 Nov 30, 2012
First book in Redwall series 2 Nov 2, 2012
Did you see Miyazaki's animated version? 10 May 4, 2012
Hardcover Copy 0 Jul 10, 2011
Audio version - Unabridged??? 0 May 22, 2011
How Many Redwall Books have you read? 2 Jan 1, 2011
Difference between box sets 0 May 24, 2010
To A. Coleman: 0 Apr 25, 2010
Is it really being released on April 6? 1 Mar 22, 2010
What genre is I am David? 0 Feb 18, 2010
 
   

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Last updated: 9/18/10
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